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Kerala’s ideological warfare

That the Marxists are the political enemies of the RSS and its progeny the BJP is indisputable. As the Congress in West Bengal realised in the late Sixties, once the Marxists succeed in capturing power, they will fight to keep it by hook or by crook, in other words, violence, and terror. Mamata Banerjee realised this and played the Marxist game of thrones and captured power. The BJP, not yet sufficiently proficient in the use of this political weapon, has been at the receiving end as it tries to get a foothold in Opposition-dominant states. Thanks to Congress politics at the national level in the 1960s and later in Kerala, political divisions along religious and caste lines had hardened and became a powerful tool of politics. The Muslim League, Kerala (Syrian Christian) Congress, Nair Service Society (after it lost its social reform moorings) and others built their niches and bargaining power. It was only the Marxists who could set up a non-Muslim candidate in Muslim-majority Malappuram area and win an election.  

The ruthless killings that we have been witnessing in the state are the outward manifestation of this ideological tug - of - war. Unfortunately for both sides, they depend on the same caste groups for their foot soldiers. The RSS has been attempting to put down roots in the state for the past three decades. It carried on a no-holds-barred campaign against the Muslim League and the powerful, wealthy Christian lobby. It has gained a foothold in certain pockets of the state in recent years. Its Pracharaks have acquired the wherewithal to stand up to the Marxists. The BJP though is yet to make an impact. The BJP’s strong reaction to the latest killing of a pracharak in Kannur perhaps tells us that the party is impatient for some gains. But Arun Jaitley, apart from being a bold face of the BJP, is also a leading spokesman for the Centre and could have been less partisan when he visited Kannur to console the pracharak’s family. 


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